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ADED Can Get You Behind the Wheel

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Photo Courtesy of ADED

The Association for Driver Rehabilitation Specialists, also known as ADED, was established 40 years ago to help support professionals working in the field of driver education, training and equipment modifications.  With over 800 driver rehabilitation specialists across the US and Canada, ADED stands ready to meet the professional needs of its members through educational conferences, professional development activities and a professional certification program.

What is a CDRS?

A Certified Driver Rehabilitation Specialist works with people of all ages to find the perfect transportation solution. With professional backgrounds in healthcare or driver education, these knowledgeable specialists are able to come up with unique individualized plans for every driver. A CDRS must stay up to date with current adaptive technology in order to maintain their certification.

A CDRS will work with the mobility equipment dealer in determining the correct vehicle and package of adaptive driving equipment that best suits your unique needs.  The CDRS will train you in how to safely operate any prescribed adaptive driving equipment and will help you navigate the path towards obtaining your new driver’s license. Once your vehicle has been modified by the dealer, the CDRS will also perform a final fitting to ensure that the modifications best fit the driver.

How can ADED help you?

Their vehicle solution guide provides information on the types of conversions and equipment available. ADED also has created several “Disabilities and Driving Fact Sheets” that cover topics such as Spinal Cord Injury, MS and Stroke.

If you are looking for a driver rehabilitation specialist, you can do a search by state, Find a CDRS Here, you can also call the office and their friendly staff will be happy to assist you. 866-672-9466

 

Introducing the Wheelchair Accessible Chrysler Pacifica

Have you heard about the new Chrysler’s Pacifica? Maybe you’ve seen the commercials about the reimagined minivan being “good for your dad brand” or heard about their groundbreaking Uconnect technology.  Over the past few weeks, brand new wheelchair accessible Pacificas have been showing up at MobilityWorks locations throughout the country!

Search Our Chrysler Pacifica Inventory Here!

Chrysler is calling the sleek and stylish replacement for the Town and Country “The World’s Most Capable Vehicle” and that may not be a stretch. The limited model comes complete with everything you could ever need including a built in vacuum system, premium Nappa leather seats and a tri-pane panoramic sunroof that feels like a convertible. The built-in 8.4 inch touchscreen syncs with your smartphone and features customizable screens for a truly connected driving experience. If this all sounds too good to be true, just wait until you hear your favorite songs coming through the optional 20-speaker Harman Kardon premium speaker system.

The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica 360 Surround View.
The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica 360 Surround View.

The most impressive part of the Pacifica may be the safety and security features. The 360 surround view camera provides the driver with a bird’s-eye view and back up camera with sensors. On the highway, the forward collision warning with active braking detects if you are getting too close to the car in front of you and will apply the brakes if needed. The blind spot monitoring system helps you make safer lane changes and the Pacifica can even perpendicular and parallel park itself!

Learn more about the accessible Chrysler Pacifica here

Hand Control Spinner Knob with Wireless Connection to Secondary Functions

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For some people using hand controls to steer, accelerate and brake, quickly turning on the windshield wipers or using the turn signals can create a challenge. SURE GRIP’s Easyspin RF360 wireless hand control product, now available at any MobilityWorks location, can help people with physical disabilities to operate commonly needed secondary functions while driving their vehicle.

The Easyspin RF360 spinner knob utilizes precise radio frequencies to operate functions of the car wirelessly. This includes being able to do things like turning on the windshield wipers, honking the horn, and operating the turn signals – all without moving your hand off the spinner knob!  The RF360 also allows the user to customize the secondary functions to control aspects such as power windows, cruise control and even the radio.

Contact a Certified Mobility Consultant to talk about the possibilities of adding the Easyspin RF360 spinner knob  to your vehicle.

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About SURE GRIP

Keith Howell was in his early teens when he became a quadriplegic, but still had the desire to drive on his own. After trying several models of hand controls he finally found one that worked for him. Unfortunately, that company went out of business so he started working on a design of his own. Now over 20 years later he is the President of Howell Ventures LTD who manufacturers the SURE GRIP line of adaptive driving equipment.

For more information about the Easyspin RF360 and other spinner knobs click here.

Hand Controls on a Porsche Panamera!

Let’s face it. Anytime there’s an opportunity to add a Porsche picture to a blog, you have to do it. And with good reason. While many of our clients also drive their vehicles with the use of hand controls, we don’t see them very often on a luxury sports car like a Porsche.

MobilityWorks installs a variety of driving aides and turning seats on all types of cars, trucks, and SUVs. We’ve even done a few race cars and off-road vehicles over the years. Today, we’d like to share the photo below provided to us by MPS Corporation.

MPS Monarch right angle hand controls on a 2016 Porsche Panamera.
Monarch 1A right angle hand controls by MPS on a 2016 Porsche Panamera.

About the Monarch Series

The right angle mechanical hand control shown above is MPS Corporation’s number one hand control of all time. Known as the Monarch 1A, it now comes with an all black finish and an accelerator lockout.  The flat handle and custom mounting brackets allow for the most leg and transfer room in the industry.  Drivers using these controls push downward toward the lap for stable precise acceleration. Brakes are applied by pushing the control away from the body and toward the dash panel.

Proudly manufactured in the United States for over 40 years, the MPS Monarch Hand Control has stood the test of time providing mobility freedom to countless people. Excellent design and unparalleled 5 year limited warranty, along with outstanding service and technical support has made the Monarch series  a leader in the hand control industry.

In addition to the hand controls, numerous other superior driving aids have be developed over the years. To learn more about MPS and their Monarch line of controls, contact a MobilityWorks Certified Mobility Consultant at one of our showrooms located throughout the United States.

Back to the Porsche…

For car enthusiasts that may be wondering what a 2016 Porsche Panamera cost, it can range anywhere from $85k up to $200k, depending on the trim level and optional features selected. A 3.6-liter V6 engine comes standard generating 310 horsepower. If that’s not enough power and torque for your liking, the all-wheel drive GTS version comes with a 4.8-liter engine that generates 440 horsepower!

Many thanks to our friends at MPS Corporation for sharing this photo with our readers.

MobilityWorks Introduces the ScootaTrailer

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MobilityWorks is excited to announce that we have a brand new way for our customers to haul their scooters. Weighing only 285 lbs, the ScootaTrailer will allow almost any vehicle to transport a power mobility scooter. The ScootaTrailer can be safely towed with any Class 1 trailer hitch for stress-free hauling with your existing auto, truck or SUV. The easy-to-load ramp makes it an affordable, practical option while also protecting your mobility device from nature’s elements.

Driving with a ScootaTrailer is simple thanks to a swivel jack for easy maneuvering. It also comes equipped with several key safety features including chains and tie down straps in addition to a bright coat of red paint with reflectors. The optional cover on top will keep your scooter protected from the elements without a tarp or cover that you would need with many models of scooter lifts.

Contact us for additional information about the ScootaTrailer and many other scooter lifts available to help with transporting your scooter or power wheelchair. We offer a wide range of hoist, platform, and exterior style lifts for just about every type of mobility device and vehicle.